The Camel House

Benenden, Kent

Cosy stable conversion for couples in a rustic Kent orchard. Host John will regale you with tales of his desert exploration


2 beds


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


With a twinkle in his eye and a smile warmer than the Aga, John can tell you all about his adventures in the Gobi Desert and his camel conservation. The converted barn at the bottom of the orchard holds many treasures from his days in the field – he’s more than happy for show and tell.

The recently converted 1950’s stable block sits in a lovely orchard of fruit trees with over an acre of grass, creeping vines and a little flagstone terrace for sitting out with a book. Inside it’s cosy and warm, with rugs to curl your toes into, a squishy sofa, and there’s a screened-off alcove with a small single if you’ve got a little one in tow.

Keep your wellies by the back door for breezy walks over the Weald of Kent’s rolling hills or take a turn around the formal gardens at Sissinghurst (10 minutes away). England’s most famous vineyard, Chapel Down, is just 20 minutes’ drive and so you’ll find something interesting to take back.

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We think you'll love

  • Captivating stories from an affable host
  • The warm and cosy Aga
  • That it’s all on one floor
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Home truths

  • Some noise from the nearby road
  • The stable block isn’t much of a looker from the outside
  • The gardens are rustic, not manicured


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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January - February.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Pubs/restaurants 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £57
Weekly price
from £350
Short breaks available, 3 nights minimum from £180.
1 House for 2
From £572 beds1 bedroom


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The neighbourhood

Just off the main Cranbrook road, the orchard is secluded and has a few neighbours – your closest being John’s crop of hens and guinea fowl. It’s one mile to Benenden village and three to Cranbrook town; both have pubs and shops. Sissinghurst is a little further on and is surrounded by English country gardens, tea shops and pretty clapboard cottages. You’re in the middle of Kent’s ‘boarding school country’, so it’s a great base for those with youngsters at Benenden or Bethany.

Local points of interest from John Hare

  • Sissinghurst Castle: Home of the late Vita Sackville-West and her famous garden now managed by the National Trust
  • Bodiam Castle: A partially restored moated Norman Castle managed by the National Trust
  • Great Dixter: A famous and most unusual garden created by Christopher Lloyd, the house designed by Edwin Lutyens
  • Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest: the world's best conifer collection.
  • Pop down the road to the Bull at Benenden - a freehouse with excellent food.
  • Kent and East Sussex Railway - enjoy the excitement of a steam train on one of the country's finest rural light railways.


John Hare

John Hare OBE has had a life full of adventures: running The Camel House is his latest one. The well-weathered explorer has travelled extensively – like a modern Lawrence of Arabia, his trips have taken him across the Sahara Desert by camel, and he’s won an award from the Royal Geographical Society for his conservation work in the Gobi Desert. He lives with his wife in Cranbrook but will be there to meet you when you arrive.